We support harm reduction-centered syringe access programs (SAP) to improve the health and wellness of people affected by drug use. These programs provide free sterile syringes, education, and often community wrap around services to reduce transmission of HIV, hepatitis C, and opiate overdose.
Application Dates: Applications are accepted May 1 and November 1 of each calendar year.
Geographic Focus: The 50 States, District of Columbia, Native American Reservations/Tribal Land and Puerto Rico
Types of Funding Available:
Length of Funding: Single-year grants
Amount of funding: Average single-year grants range from $2,500 to $20,000
Eligibility Requirements & Criteria: The Comer Family Foundation will make grants to organizations that are exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and that are not classified as private foundations under section 509(a) of the code. Applicants must be in operation for one full year prior to application submission.
Comer Family Foundation will prioritize support for programs in geographic areas in which access to sterile syringes can be dramatically improved. In the review process, HIV/AIDS and HCV prevalence, injection drug use prevalence, overdose incidence, and areas in which policy improvements can have local, state, and/or national impact will also be considered as funding decisions are made.
Organizations actively developing local and community financial support are prioritized, and strategic partnerships are encouraged.
Organizations are required to create a profile the first time they use our online system. When creating your user profile, we recommend using an e-mail address that is accessible to your office staff, to view your organization’s submission. You may preview the application once you've created a login. You will have the ability to save your application and return to complete at any time before the deadline. Applications are accepted online by 11:59pm CST on May 1 and November 1.
Grant Application Tutorials:
The following documentation is required in order to complete your application:
These documents must be uploaded to complete the online grant application form.
You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Comer Family Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not received this email, please be sure to review your application for completeness and that you have clicked Submit.
The Board of Directors reviews applications two times per year. Initial review of applications will take 30 days and we will notify you whether we will request further information including a meeting, site visit or phone interview. Grants for applications submitted in May will be awarded in July and grants submitted in November will be awarded in January.